Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday show & tell

 I have had a busy time in my sewing studio the last few days, I whipped up this cute little mini quilt from Thimbleblossoms and Sarah quilted it for me, I love the fabrics. Now I just need to get the binding on and I have the perfect Spring table piece.

 Today some very dear friends and I are going on a sewing day to Sarah's shop in George Town to finish our Weekender bags, we had a get together over 3 months ago to make this bag but none of us finished it so today is the day. I hope.
 I decided I wanted a patchwork kind of over night bag so it has taken me ages to get all the pieces together, there are 2 front pockets and 2 side pockets so I have pieced and  quilted each section and now hopefully today it will become the bag I can't wait to have.

 I bought some new Tilda tins for my sewing room, mainly to use as storage but the colour is so pretty that I have put them in our bedroom, they look nice there.
 And while I'm talking about Tilda here is a new wall hanging I made, Its a tilda design and all made with tilda fabrics, I love this alot. Now I just to need to add a little bit of quilting.

 Will you forgive me  if I share just a few more garden pics, My garden is looking amazing with so many flowers around and the colours are amazing. I love this time of year.

So thats all from me for now, time to get ready for  our bag making day. Have a wonderful Sunday.

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Take care and Happy Sewing.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Friday night sewing

 My Friday night was a good sewing night, as soon as dinner was over I got my stitching set up. I am working on a new table runner that I designed.

 It has little flowers stitched throughout and I used my beautiful Tilda fabrics that I have been hoarding. I remember watching a tv show once about a poor family and they received some beautiful china, that night at dinner the mum used the china and the kids were amazed. Mum said " why have beautiful things if you can't use them" Well thats how I feel about some of my fabrics, why keep them in the cupboard when you can make them into a beautiful quilt.

 I can't wait to get this one finished,
 While we are chatting about beautiful things I have to share some beautiful blooms in my garden right now. The anemones are pretty but the crab apple blossoms are AMAZING. Look how pretty they are.

 I wish they stayed like that all year round.
 My husband always gets worried when I say " I have an idea " Well he actually liked this one, I wanted a new garden built int he back corner of the yard with a little seating area, so this is what we came up with it.
We got a big trailer load of new soil delivered and today I am going to plant over 30 packets of seeds in the area, I have zinnias, marigolds and paper flowers just to name a few so watch this space as my seeds start to grow and all excited. I can't wait to share with you,

Its going to be a glorious day, if you would like to see what other ladies got up with their sewing pop over here and check them out.  Thankyou Wendy for hosting.
Have a great day.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

So much to share

 Goodness me. We are half way through September and I'm just getting around to doing my birthday post. It was my birthday on the 1st September, first day of Spring to. I had a wonderful day. Received lots of phone calls from my family and friends and also got some beautiful gifts. My friend Tracee made the wall hanging and I love it so much. Its so pretty and very Spring, I have it hanging in my sewing room. Thankyou Tracee.
My other lovely friend Anthea sent  baking goodies, sweet Anthea knows how much I love to bake and every Sunday I bake treats for my boys lunch boxes. Thankyou so much dear friend. 

My friend Joni who lives in Canada made me some beautiful Tilda pillow cases, these are the prettiest pillow cases I have ever seen. And 2 Sue Spargo books which I can't wait to open and read. 
I also bought a few pretty goodies for myself the other day. I went to the newsagent to buy the paper and they had the prettiest stationary. I love things like that. 

 I have sewn my tilda runner together, just going to add a bit of stitchery to it now. Can't wait to get this one finished. I just ordered some of the newest tilda fabric on line, should be here tomorrow I hope.
 Got some new christmas fabric in the mail, from etsy, there is alot of pretty stuff on there. Sometimes you find fabric that is no longer available in the shops.
 I have been working on my halloween project, I bought this cute layer cake off etsy, its a Riley Blake design. I like the green to break it up a bit. Just need to sew 2 more rows together.
 And finally I'll leave you with a few pics from my garden which is looking so pretty this time of year. Blooms everywhere.  
Have a wonderful week and thankyou for stopping by. Hope you find some sewing time.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Friday night sewing

 I had a very productive sewing time last night, I finally got the binding  sewn on my new table runner. Its a scrappy runner so I thought a scrappy binding would suit perfectly. All stripey strips frame it nicely.
 I even spent a bit of time before bed and started sewing it down  on the back.  I love tucking in all those stray threads,

 I also cut into my tilda fabrics that I have been saving for no special reason  and started making little blocks, I want to do some stitchery on the odd block  so I'm working on a layout, I do like it so far.
 My garden is looking very pretty with all my bulbs in flower, Look at my hyacinths, they are my favourite and smell so nice.
 Tulips are starting to bud so it won't be long and they will be blooming, another favourite of mine.
Last Monday was my birthday, I had a wonderful day, All week I have been receiving lovely parcels in the post. I received this beautiful bag from my Friends in Stitching group, the theme was black and white and we had to make a bag of some kind. Lynda made me this one and I love it.  Thankyou so much Lynda.

If you would like to see what others got up to for Friday night sewing click here and go to the list. Have a great weekend and thankyou for stopping by my little blog.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A blog hop kinda day

 The purpose of this blog hop is for each blogger to tell their readers about their life as a creative person.
So today I get to tell you my story.  I was tagged by the lovely Fee of Designs by Fee.

What are you working on right now?

Well its a secret magazine project so I can't give too much away but it involves pretty garden stitchery and summery fabrics.
 How long does it take you to create  a project?

Once I come up with a design I want to get it down on paper as soon as I can, Once I do the drawings then I choose my threads and fabrics, I always like my stitchery threads to match my fabrics. I can usually get a project finished in a couple of weeks, having to have a "real" job takes up alot of my day so I only grt to sew in the evenings during the week and sometimes in the morning. When I have a deadline my whole routine changes so I can fit in as much sewing time as possible.
 What are my favourite things to create with?

Well I would have to say threads, its amazing how much we can all create something beautiful with just a few stitches of a pretty colour thread. Stitchery is my favourite craft.
 How does my creative process work?

I love to draw inspiration from my garden so I'm always taking photos of my flowers. Sometimes I'll just have a whole lot of garden drawings then I'll take a bit  from each one and create a project.
 How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

With so many beautiful fabric ranges around these days how could you not be inspired to sew  with them, I'm always thinking what projects I want to make next. I have a long list. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration. I waste lots of time browsing other boards and getting ideas. And visiting my friends blog is always inspring. I love seeing what other people are making.

My favourite time of day?

Thats easy, its after dinner when I have cleaned up the kitchen and its time to sit on the sofa with a nice cup of tea and stitching on my lap.

Now I get to nominate 3 lovely ladies to join in this blog hop. I nominate  Rose from Threadbare creations,   Val Spiers and Helen Stubbings. If they would like to play along.

Thankyou for reading my story, have a wonderful day.  xx

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